02 Feb 2018

An exciting year ahead

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the creation of the Royal Air Force, a major milestone for all those with links to the service.

The Battle of Britain Memorial Trust will be playing its part in the celebrations as well as staging a number of local events and commemorations.

More details will be announced on the events below as they become available, but for now, make sure you put the dates in your diaries!

Sunday 1 April

Easter Day Act of Remembrance  to mark centenary of the Royal Air Force, 2pm.

Thursday 5 April

Re-opening of Hunting Lodge following its transformation into a library and resource centre and unveiling of refurbished squadron badges around the base of the National Memorial to the Few, 10.30am

Saturday 14 April

Family fun afternoon to welcome the RAF 100 Baton on its tour of RAF-linked sites on the south coast. Free drawing workshop, an Act of Remembrance at 3pm, a photo call with the Aston Martin carrying the baton (accompanied by eight other Aston Martins) and other activities. From 2pm.

Sunday 1 July

Memorial Day, the Trust’s annual commemoration, featuring an Act… Read more

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19 Jul 2019

Battle of Britain Oddities by Andy Saunders

Guest Speaker Andy Saunders will be presenting a talk entitled “Battle of Britain Oddities” when he joins us for our next Sunday afternoon special event on 28 July 2019 in the Geoffrey Page Centre at The Wing (2.30pm). Andy is an author and researcher from East Sussex who specialises in military aviation history, with emphasis […]… Read more

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10 Jun 2019

Musical tribute to the men of D-Day

Gleaming Rolls Royces and fantastic tunes created a great backdrop for visitors to the Memorial on Sunday. Even the weather stayed fair as Folkestone Rock Choir and the talented young musicians of the Kent Youth Jazz Orchestra (KYJO) entertained the crowds at the clifftop site at an event that celebrated the 75th anniversary of D-Day. […]… Read more

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16 May 2019

Return of the Rovers

For the sixth year in succession, the Memorial at Capel-le-Ferne has been chosen as the muster point for the annual charity run to the continent organised by Kent Land Rover enthusiasts. It means a great chance to see between 40 and 50 classic Land Rovers registered between 1948 and 1975, although fans of these splendid […]… Read more

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1 Jan 2019

Dates for your diary

We’re planning another super series of Sunday afternoon talks to brighten up a number of otherwise dull February and March Sunday afternoons. Over the past couple of years we have earned a great reputation for inviting top quality guest speakers to the Geoffrey Page Centre, part of our dramatic, Spitfire-wing shaped visitor centre, every spring […]… Read more

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8 Nov 2018

Saying a fond farewell to Tom and Eileen

Friends, family, and the wider ‘family’ of the Royal Air Force gathered at St Clement Danes Church in London on Thursday (8 November) to bid farewell to Wing Commander Tom Neil, DFC*, AFC and his wife of 69 years, Eileen. Eileen, who was stationed at RAF Kenley as a plotter during the Battle of Britain […]… Read more

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16 Apr 2018

Red 10 leads impressive fleet of Aston Martins to Capel-le-Ferne

More than 40 gleaming Aston Martins of all ages, styles and colours joined the unique Red Arrows-themed Red 10 when it brought the RAF100 Relay baton to the site on Saturday. The spectacular procession of cars was greeted by a large crowd of sports car enthusiasts and RAF suporters who enjoyed warm sunshine as they […]… Read more

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27 Nov 2017

Fifties finale to talks season

Visitors to The Wing on Sunday were treated to a musical interpretation of the 1950s at the last of our autumn talks organised by Trustee Andy Simpson. The spring and autumn talks are designed as an extra benefit for members of our Friends of the Few organisation but have also been enjoyed by members of […]… Read more

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30 Oct 2017

Farewell to another of the Few

Another of the Few, Flight Lieutenant Ronald Henry Smyth, DFC, AE, died at his home on Thursday 26 October, aged 97. A member of the Battle of Britain Fighter Association (BBFA), Flt Lt Smyth was also well known to the RAFA and Aircrew Associations near to his home near Shrewsbury. He also attended the BBFA tree […]… Read more

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14 Sep 2017

Emotional visit for sons of Battle Spitfire pilot

The two sons of a Spitfire pilot who flew with No 152 Squadron during the Battle of Britain paid an emotional visit to Capel-le-Ferne, where they were able to see their father’s name on the Christopher Foxley-Norris Memorial Wall. Peter and John, sons of Group Captain Peter O’Brian OBE, DFC and bar, were shown around […]… Read more

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